MARTINS MILL â€” Martins Mill senior Haily Jenkins signed a national letter of intent to play basketball at McNeese State on Wednesday morning.
The all-state guard averaged 26.5 points, 11 assists, three steals and seven rebounds in 2011-12 to help the Lady Mustangs reach the state tournament for the seventh consecutive season.
â€śI chose McNeese because of the dedication and love I felt from the team and the coaching staff â€¦ dedicated in a common goal: winning,â€ť Jenkins said. â€śI felt as if I was already a part of them when I was down there. The team is so special, all willing to work hard, and I canâ€™t wait to actually be a part.â€ť
As a junior after transferring from Crandall, Jenkins averaged 18 points, 5.4 assists and seven assists per game to earn all-state and all-region honors, helping lead the Lady Mustangs to the 1A state final.
â€śHailyâ€™s accomplishments speak for itself,â€ť McNeese coach Brooks Donald Williams said. â€śThe kid can score. She has a knack to score. She is very crafty and can shoot it from deep. She lives the game and has a passion for it. She is a gym rat. She is a great addition to our program.â€ť
Jenkins said she excited about continuing her basketball career in Lake Charles, La.
â€śCoach Williams is such a wonderful and special lady,â€ť Jenkins said. â€śHer dedication and time she puts in and out of every day, to make everyone better, on and off the court, is another reason of many why I knew I would love to play for her. McNeese is a special place and I am so proud to say I will be a Cowgirl!â€ť
â€” Mcneesesports.com contributed to this report